`This book consists of extremely well argued points that challenge the traditional view of polytheism versus monotheism in late Antiquity. It is sure to become a seminal work. It will be of interest to scholars, college students, and the general reader interested in theology.' J. Drew Harrington, History.
`essential reading to any student of antiquity: patristic scholars and philosophers of God alike.' David Vincent Meconi, S.J., Journal of Early Chrisitan Studies, Spring 2000
`What this book demonstrates, as no other before it and in a revolutionary way, is the plain absurdity of equating paganism with polytheism. In a modest compass and through six contributions from leading scholars ... the editors ... have opened up a world that is not a battleground between those who believe in one god and those who believe in many ... It will henceforth be the fundamental study of this difficult and fascinating subject.' Glen Bowersock, TLS 01/09/2000
About the Author
Michael Frede, who died in 2007, held positions successively in the departments of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University, and Oxford University, where he held the Chair of the History of Philosophy. In 1997-1998, he was Sather Professor of Classical Literature at UC Berkeley, where he delivered the lectures that make up this volume. A. A. Long is Professor of Classics, Irving Stone Professor of Literature, and Affiliated Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of "Epictetus: A Stoic and Socratic Guide to Life" and "From Epicurus to Epictetus: Studies in Hellenistic and Roman Philosophy". David Sedley is Lawrence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and the author of "Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity" (UC Press).